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Old 03-07-12, 03:07 PM   #1
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Tired of overpaying for popcorn at the theaters?

Well, this guy in Michigan is suing AMC for charging "too much" for snacks:

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"The suit accuses AMC of violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by charging grossly excessive prices for snacks. It seeks refunds for customers who were overcharged and a civil penalty against the theater chain."
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Good gosh, I hope he wins. Here in San Diego a large Coke is $5.50 and candy is $4-5 depending on size. That's on top of a $12 ticket price. I just stop by the drug store and get candy and soda there and sneak it in.
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I always buy the kids' deal. Its usually a small drink, a little bit of popcorn (just enough) and some skittles or M & Ms. Perfect at $5.50. I thankfully I get a senior ticket at matinee for $6.50 (yeah for once it pays to be old!).
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The only people who will win will be the lawyers. If forced to lower concession prices the theaters will most likely have to raise ticket prices. A very short-sighted lawsuit all around. I hope it gets thrown out quickly.
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The only people who will win will be the lawyers. If forced to lower concession prices the theaters will most likely have to raise ticket prices. A very short-sighted lawsuit all around. I hope it gets thrown out quickly.
You're right. Plus the theater needs to recoup their legal fees and likely will increase prices of everything to cover it. I get really upset with all these frivoulous suits - somebody gets upset and decides suing is a way to get even
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Someone still goes to the theater???
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rent the dvd, go home watch it with the snacks of your choice, besides you can pause it for potty breaks,and not miss anything.
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I take my wife to the second run movie house and pay $3.00 for two tickets. Then she spends $12.00 on popcorn and coke. I sneak in a $1 box of Good and Plenty's.

It's better when you sneak it in.
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The only people who will win will be the lawyers. If forced to lower concession prices the theaters will most likely have to raise ticket prices. A very short-sighted lawsuit all around. I hope it gets thrown out quickly.
No its not. Movies are not like gas or food. You don't NEED to go to the movies. If ticket prices rise, less people will go. I agree with the lawsuit. It equates to price gouging. I know the theaters make most of their money on concessions...but it is out of control. They make about 900% profit on popcorn. Where else does something like that exist?
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Where else does something like that exist?
Stadium concession stands.
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No its not. Movies are not like gas or food. You don't NEED to go to the movies. If ticket prices rise, less people will go. I agree with the lawsuit. It equates to price gouging. I know the theaters make most of their money on concessions...but it is out of control. They make about 900% profit on popcorn. Where else does something like that exist?
It isn't a necessity but it should be affordable enough for avg folks to enjoy. It is a theater and the reason for going is to see movies (ie artistic creations) as intended. Food is an unnecessary extra. The public demands nice, stadium theaters and the money must come from somewhere. The concessions are an easy way to cover the cost by charging those willing and able to pay for the luxury. This suit stands to raise the already steep cost for the movie itself which probably prices out a lot of the avg consumers. So basically, due to a few litigious nitwits who bemoan the cost of their luxury goods a good segment of the public will no longer be able to enjoy the art form.

Definitely short sighted and stupid.
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I have no qualms about walking in with my small camelbak on - armed with munchies. I mean for me - just one person - to spend nearly $20 on the movie ticket, popcorn and a drink????

eff that. No one has ever questioned me. Plus I do not bring in a sub or anything (as I have seen) just some crunchies and a bottle water. sheesh. I will be ok with paying for getting into the movie - but it's the raking you afterward that I object too.
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When prices go above what people think is fair, people will bent the rules. Some will sneak food from the outside, some will skip the cinema itself and get a bootlegged copy.
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It equates to price gouging.
Please define price gouging.
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Please define price gouging.
You can go to a 7-11 and buy a snickers bar for $1.50(manufacturers suggested retail price).
You go to the theater, and are barred from bringing outside food, such as you newly bought snickers bar.
You really want that snickers when you watch the movie of your choice, so you go to the concession stand.
There is the same size snickers, for $4.50, more than twice the MSRP. But you have no other choice, other than to break the rules.
That is price gouging.
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Is the corn used in popcorn a subsidized crop?
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It isn't a necessity but it should be affordable enough for avg folks to enjoy. It is a theater and the reason for going is to see movies (ie artistic creations) as intended. Food is an unnecessary extra. The public demands nice, stadium theaters and the money must come from somewhere. The concessions are an easy way to cover the cost by charging those willing and able to pay for the luxury. This suit stands to raise the already steep cost for the movie itself which probably prices out a lot of the avg consumers. So basically, due to a few litigious nitwits who bemoan the cost of their luxury goods a good segment of the public will no longer be able to enjoy the art form.

Definitely short sighted and stupid.
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I worked at a movie theater in college. Theaters make little if any profit from ticket sales. Think of all the actors who get a cut of the profits as their salary; that money has to come from somewhere.

Theaters have to pay rent, utilities, salaries, etc. They make their money by selling overpriced food, but as others have said, you don't have to buy it.

It's like the people who tried to sue McDonalds for making them fat. No one forced them to eat there. This lawsuit is no different and it should get thrown out as well.
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Someone still goes to the theater???
Yes. I take my gf there on dates. The old "cheap" me would have balked at snack prices. The new me says "whatever" and pays it.

I also don't own a TV, but I like movies. Once a month or so is affordable.
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You guys really don't get it. The only thing theaters make money on at all are the overpriced snacks. Sue a theater chain over their business model? Good luck with that.

Theater operators only get 10% of box office receipts. 90% goes back to the distributor and most of that goes back to Hollywood.
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You guys really don't get it. The only thing theaters make money on at all are the overpriced snacks. Sue a theater chain over their business model? Good luck with that.

Theater operators only get 10% of box office receipts. 90% goes back to the distributor and most of that goes back to Hollywood.
Would their business model work if they lowered prices and increased sales of every item? Just wondering. Lots more people would buy $3.00 popcorn than $6.00 popcorn. If I could get popcorn and a drink for $5.00 I would do it at every movie. When it costs me $12.00, I am going to sneak in food and they lose all my business.
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I agree. People don't get it. Theaters don't make money on movies. Actors and actresses want paid more (probably to keep up with pro athtes they are friends with) and the cost of sets and special effects is amazing. So everything about making movies is rising. But revenue is down. The public isn't going to theaters like they used to. So the way they get by is charging more for snacks.

If you don't like paying that much or don't want to sneak things in, eat before you go. It's only a couple of hours.
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Yes. I take my gf there on dates. The old "cheap" me would have balked at snack prices. The new me says "whatever" and pays it.

I also don't own a TV, but I like movies. Once a month or so is affordable.
My monthly Netflix bill is less than one ticket to a theater, and I don't need to put up with:
- Audio cranked up so high that earplugs are needed to prevent hearing damage, and bass is totally distorted.
- 20 minutes of sitting thru previews of movies I could care less about.
- No legroom.
- Noisy strangers.
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My monthly Netflix bill is less than one ticket to a theater, and I don't need to put up with:
- Audio cranked up so high that earplugs are needed to prevent hearing damage, and bass is totally distorted.
- 20 minutes of sitting thru previews of movies I could care less about.
- No legroom.
- Noisy strangers.

And I can watch in my pajamas (or out of them )
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I have no qualms about walking in with my small camelbak on - armed with munchies. I mean for me - just one person - to spend nearly $20 on the movie ticket, popcorn and a drink????

eff that. No one has ever questioned me. Plus I do not bring in a sub or anything (as I have seen) just some crunchies and a bottle water. sheesh. I will be ok with paying for getting into the movie - but it's the raking you afterward that I object too.
My GF uses her big purse for that. She rarely carries much in her usual purse, so there's plenty of room for snacks on the rare occasion we go to the movies. Last time we went we heard someone uncork a bottle of champagne when the movie started, and they don't sell champagne at the snack counter.
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My monthly Netflix bill is less than one ticket to a theater, and I don't need to put up with:
- Audio cranked up so high that earplugs are needed to prevent hearing damage, and bass is totally distorted.
- 20 minutes of sitting thru previews of movies I could care less about.
- No legroom.
- Noisy strangers.
I actually prefer the audio at a theater. Maybe if I had a home theater sound system (and TV) it would be different.

I don't mind the movie previews, as some of them are interesting. The "commercials" that some theaters show are horrible, but I've learned to skip those theaters.

I don't have a problem with leg room. Noisy people... unless I hide at home I'm stuck with other people.

On the other hand, I have to get dressed and go out as opposed to sitting on the couch in my underwear.
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